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When married the husband is to leave his parents’ home to commence a new home, the nucleus of which is a close bonding or relationship with his wife (Gen 2:24).

God holds the man responsible to protect and care for his wife and children. As the head of the home, setting the prevailing characteristics, he is to lead and guide his family, bearing in mind that he in turn is to submit to Christ (Gen 3:16; 1 Cor 11:3; Eph 5:23). The husband is to love his wife as himself; being tender, self-sacrificing and assisting her in

Husbands love your wives, as Christ loved the church – Ephesians 5:25

the domestic duties around the home (Eph 5:25,28,33; Col 3:19).  She is to be his continual responsibility and he is to help her become the person she is capable of being.  A wife whose husband continually has her best at heart will not be threatened or afraid to respect and submit to him. Both husband and wife are equal in God’s sight with neither being superior or inferior to the other.

For his prayers to be answered a husband is to be considerate to his wife, courteous, protecting, helping, respecting and having a right relationship with her (1 Pet 3:7). The wife although not as strong physically has other beneficial qualities and attributes that she brings to the marriage partnership.

After his allegiance to God, the man’s next responsibility is to his wife and family. Work and Christian ministry follow, although at times there will need to be a compromise or shuffling of priorities for a specific period. At all times he must remain morally faithful to his partner and respect her wishes and exercise self-control when his sexual advances are not desired. It takes effort sometimes to keep the

Aim to be the godliest husband possible

fire of romance alive, yet the rewards of a loving relationship with your spouse are enormous. Love your wife out of reverence for God, she is His daughter and so treat her accordingly (Jn 1:12; Eph 5:1; 1 Jn 3:1).

See also: family, home, male/man, marriage, priority, responsible/responsibility, roles, self-control, wife, women.